Helping Hands is a volunteer service for the Jewish community in Brighton and Hove. It aims to provide care and assistance both in practical and emotional terms for all members across the community.
The aim of Helping Hands is to provide care and assistance both in practical and emotional terms for all members across the community, i.e. visiting or phoning someone who is lonely, shopping for the house bound, transport for medical appointments and much much more.
- This is accomplished by creating a database of volunteers from across the community of all ages and both sexes.
- Each volunteer has agreed to help out in whatever way he/she feels most able, within the time limits of that person and after suitable briefing.
- All volunteers have the benefit of their own support network from within Helping Hands as well as from outside professionals who are available when needed.
- Helping Hands has become known as a caring, efficient and confidential service that can be relied upon by everyone concerned. However, it is not a professional carers’ organisation and can never provide residential help. Because it relies on volunteers, clients and their families should not assume that the support it offers is guaranteed to be available when required unless the necessary arrangements have been made with the Helping Hands executive office.
- The group supplements the work already carried out within the community by working alongside established organisations and by providing additional volunteers wherever they are needed.
- However, Helping Hands volunteers will not administer medication to clients under any circumstances or undertake any cooking responsibilities
- The Helping Hands executive office maintains the database of volunteers and clients and co-ordinates the help that is required by matching those that need with those that volunteer. If necessary, they involve the various professional bodies within the community.